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Wallace Nutting' untitled signed photograph of a country road lined with trees
TitleWallace Nutting' untitled signed photograph of a country road lined with trees
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SubjectNutting, Wallace, 1861-1941; Photographs; Outdoor photography
DescriptionHand-colored photograph of a country dirt road lined with trees measures 3 inches high by approximately 6-1/2 inches wide and is framed under glass. The photo is mounted on top of matting, which measures about 8 inches high by 12 inches wide. The matting is signed in black ink below the photo on the right, Wallace Nutting. This photo was presumably created for retail sale as there is a printed paper label adhered on the back that reads, Dept. of Fine Arts, 391 Main Street, Springfield, Mass. Johnson's Bookstore. Wallace Nutting (1861-1941) is described on multiple websites as a minister, photographer, artist, and antiquarian, who is most famous for his pictures his atmospheric photographs helped spur the Colonial Revival style. Nutting is said to have produced more than a million photographs from 26 states and 16 foreign countries between 1900 and his death in 1941. At one point he employed nearly two-hundred colorists who hand painted his photographs. The landscape in this photo is very typical of his work. He was also an antique expert and collector, a lecturer, and author of more than 20 books. Around 1917, he began producing handmade reproductions of early American furniture that often are mistaken for authentic antiques. The motto for his craftsmen was Take no liberty. Let nothing leave your hands until you are proud of your work. The Buckland Historical Society is fortunate to have a Windsor-style writing arm chair of manufacture by Wallace Nutting in its collections. During his lifetime, Nutting lived in various locations in New England. While no evidence has been found that he actually lived in Buckland, Mass., one can presume with some significant certainty that he spent much time here. In Nutting's 1923 book, Massachusetts Beautiful, there are more than two dozen references and/or photos relating to Buckland, its bordering towns, and other locales in Franklin County. Nutting married Marietta Griswold (1823- ) in Buckland, Mass. on June 5, 1888. Marietta was born in the circa 1816 Griswold house located in Buckland Center, the daughter of Josiah W. Griswold (1823-1903) who was a civic leader serving as Buckland's town clerk, treasurer, selectman, school committee and representative to the Legislature. It's easy to imagine Mr. and Mrs. Nutting visiting her childhood home, he with camera in hand
CreatorNutting, Wallace, 1861-1941
SourceHand-colored photograph, 3 x 6-1/2 inches
RelationFrom the collections of the Buckland Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 88, Buckland, MA, 01338,
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